The Jesuit Order this week released the name of a former teacher. Fr Joseph Marmion, now deceased, who abused boys at Belvedere College in the 1970s
Via Irish Times:
I welcome the belated admission from the Jesuits that Fr Joe Marmion SJ abused children when he taught at Belvedere College in the 1970s.
Those of us who attended that school at that time knew Marmion and his reputation, saw the bullying with our own eyes and heard rumours of the sexual abuse of our classmates.
Victims were not easily forthcoming about these events at that time and even today not every victim wishes to relive these times. We should respect their privacy.
For the record, however, it should be known that when the Jesuits finally and quietly removed Marmion from his teaching post, it did not remove him from contact with children.
He remained on the school premises throughout the 1977/78 school year, my senior year. The Jesuits moved him along quietly to Gardner Street around the corner but allowed him continued access to the school where his victims could see him every day.
The Jesuits put the reputation of the school first and the safety of the children second.
They have acknowledge that finally in 2021 but lacked the moral courage to do the right thing at the time.
Those involved know the role they played, as do we.
Wednesday: Moved To Another Parish
Irish Times Letters
From top: Belvedere College, Dublin 1; Clongowes Wood College
A priest who abused students at Belvedere College has been publicly named by the Jesuit order as Fr Joseph Marmion.
The order has also revealed in a statement that Marmion, who also taught at Clongows Wood College, was moved on to head up chaplaincy at St Vincent’s Private Hospital after allegations of sexual abuse against him first surfaced…
…In 1977 the Jesuits received information from parents alleging sexual abuse at Belvedere College. “In consequence, a decision was taken that Joseph Marmion be removed from the staff in Belvedere with effect from the end of the academic year 1977/1978,” they said.
Fr Marmion “then spent a year on sabbatical in Paris with the Jesuit Community Saint François Xavier. He was then assigned to the Gardiner Street Jesuit Community. In 1990 he was appointed Chaplain to St. Vincent’s Private Hospital. We recognise that these subsequent appointments should not have been made.”
The statement continued that “while this particular communication relates to abuse that occurred in Belvedere College, Joseph Marmion also taught in Crescent College Limerick and Clongowes Wood College. Every effort will be made to communicate this information to former students in all schools”.
Priest ‘sexually and physically’ abused boys at Belvedere College in 1970s (Irish Times)
Priest who abused pupils at Belvedere College is named by Jesuit order as Fr Joseph Marmion (Independent.ie)
Pope Francis (top) and photos of some of those who ‘ disappeared’ during the Argentine military dictatorship.
In a profile of the new pontiff, The Guardian makes no reference to Pope Frank’s culinary skills.
“As head of the Jesuit order from 1973 to 1979, Jorge Bergoglio – as the new pope was known until yesterday – was a member of the hierarachy during the period when the wider Catholic church backed the military government and called for their followers to be patriotic.
…Bergoglio twice refused to testify in court about his role as head of the Jesuit order. When he eventually appeared in front of a judge in 2010, he was accused by lawyers of being evasive”.
Photographs of the disappeared via